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Whitnall earns split with Brown Deer, then runs into strong pitching

Falcons then halted by Bay, Pewaukee pitchers

Whitnall's Ty Greco (left) attempts to tag a Pewaukee runner out at second base on a steal during the varsity game at Whitnall High School on June 26.

Whitnall's Ty Greco (left) attempts to tag a Pewaukee runner out at second base on a steal during the varsity game at Whitnall High School on June 26. Photo By Peter Zuzga

July 1, 2014

After a hard-earned split against Brown Deer early last week, the Whitnall baseball team ran into some hot pitchers in losing to Pewaukee and Whitefish Bay.

The Falcons nipped Brown Deer 6-5 on June 23 as Mitch Brault drove in three runs with a double to key a four-run sixth inning. Josh Daniels added two hits and scored two runs.

Jon Drew went 42/3 innings, striking out three, and Austin Jenk fanned two in 21/3 frames of work.

The next night, though, Brown Deer downed Whitnall 9-5. Brault had another good night, going 3-for-4, but Whitnall managed just eight hits on the evening.

Pitchers Blake Leslie, Tyler Regeth and Brault combined to allow nine hits with eight strikeouts and seven walks.

Whitnall then dropped a 10-0 decision to Pewaukee on June 26.

"We gave up too many walks and hit-batters," head coach Ben Krey said. "You can't do that against a good hitting team like Pewaukee. We actually hit the ball hard but the Pewaukee defenders were right there."

The Falcons lost a 4-0 game to powerful Whitefish Bay one night later. They did collect seven hits off one of the better pitching staffs in the area, and David Gaertner pitched a solid six innings to keep them close.

"Whitefish Bay is a very good team," Krey said, "and we couldn't string together the three hits we needed."

The Falcons slipped to 7-7 in the Woodland Conference and 8-12 overall.

They visit New Berlin West at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, and travel to Oak Creek at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 7. They close out Woodland action at home against New Berlin Eisenhower at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 10.

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